COLUMBIA (WACH) - News of the Boston Marathon bombing has saturated every information outlet this week, from television screens to social media.
Cybercriminals are exploiting the interest in the attack by sending malware through email.
Tech expert Steven Miano from That Computer Stpre in Irmo says,"What's happening is there's a couple different types, there's one that says hey check out these crazy videos from the Boston Marathon bombing. There is one that's plea for help that says please click here to donate money, which really plays on peoples sympathy. It's financially motivated to steal money to steal information, things that can be packaged and sold in the criminal underground."
Emails with subject lines reading, "Explosion at Boston Marathon" and "Runner captures marathon explosion" are spamming inboxes with just a link in the body of the email.
According to Naked Security, if someone does click the link by mistake, they will be taken to a website with real YouTube videos of the Boston bombing, but the website will attempt to infect the computer with a Windows Trojan horse. If installed, the malware can allow hackers to gain remote access to infected computers.
CNN is also warning the public of "online scammers looking to profit from the tragedy" through fake charity websites. If you are interesting in helping, CNN has published a list of legitimate organizations accepting donations.